New Year, New Digital Resolutions


Your Content Goes Here Your Content Goes Here Although you may have made your own new year resolutions (and if you’re like us, they’re probably very similar to last year!), why not consider making some family new year resolutions too? There’s no denying that the way we use tech continues

New Year, New Digital Resolutions2024-03-28T14:38:04+00:00

What is Yubo?


Children and young people across the world use a range of online platforms to communicate and find connection with others. One app is redesigning itself entirely around this idea. Yubo (formerly known as Yellow) now describes itself as a “platform that celebrates the true essence of being young” and encourages “you

What is Yubo?2024-04-05T09:49:45+01:00

Parental Control Apps – Online Safety Review


Children and young people can spend a significant amount of their time using devices and exploring the online world. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with this – it’s a place for them to socialise, to play, and to learn. However, with Ofcom reporting that 9 in 10 children in the UK will

Parental Control Apps – Online Safety Review2023-09-27T09:49:07+01:00

Apple iOS 16 update: Online safety review


Apple have released the latest updates for their devices, with iOS 16 live since September 12th, 2022. With features added to aid parents and carers in safeguarding their children, such as improvements to safety features and parental controls, our Online Safety Experts have

Apple iOS 16 update: Online safety review2023-09-27T09:45:07+01:00

A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat Family Center


89% of the UK’s internet users know what Snapchat is. It’s one of the most popular social media platforms and is widely used by young people to send ‘disappearing’ pictures, videos, and messages. Parents and carers have been asking the platform for more parental controls for

A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat Family Center2023-09-27T09:36:49+01:00

Online Safety Trends, Risks, and Threats for 2022


Every new year sees new trends, risks, and threats to online safety emerge, especially for children and young people. This can seem overwhelming (and sometimes even frightening) if you feel like you’ve just got your head around the last new ‘thing’.  To help you stay ahead of

Online Safety Trends, Risks, and Threats for 20222023-03-31T11:22:50+01:00

What You Need to Know About…Replika


After two years of lockdowns and isolation, young people are feeling more isolated than ever before. As many continue to use the online world to seek support, we’re now seeing the mainstreaming of AI friends and support bots.   Keep reading to find out all about the newest chatbot on our radar, Replika. 

What You Need to Know About…Replika2023-09-26T12:50:47+01:00

Roblox: A Parents Guide to Protecting Children from Harmful Content


Header Image ©& TM 2022 Roblox Corporation. All Rights Reserved We have recently received multiple reports from parents and school staff about harmful content on gaming platform Roblox. To help you understand how to keep children and young people safe, we’ve created this important Roblox Parents Guide.  The latest reports we’ve received have outlined worrying accounts of younger children

Roblox: A Parents Guide to Protecting Children from Harmful Content2023-09-26T11:01:40+01:00

Safe Streaming This Holiday Season!


Your Parental Guide to all Major Streaming Platforms The festive period is a great time to catch up on classic movies and binge the latest T.V. series - but it’s important that we make sure children and young people stay safe when streaming their favourite shows. Our

Safe Streaming This Holiday Season!2023-09-26T10:26:41+01:00

Instagram: Take a Break and Upcoming New Features


Do you know how much time you spend on social media? What about the children in your care? Instagram users may have noticed a recent addition to the app with the launch of the platform’s Take a Break feature. This opt-in feature will prompt users to ‘step away’ from the

Instagram: Take a Break and Upcoming New Features2023-09-26T10:14:37+01:00

My Child’s First Device


As a parent or carer, you might be deciding to give your child their first phone, tablet, or laptop (or third, fourth, fifth – even a new update). This is a big decision! The responsibility and freedom that comes with owning a device is a big step for children – and you! It might even

My Child’s First Device2022-01-19T12:11:47+00:00

Online Safety Update: Don’t believe in Evil Santa this Christmas


A viral post is circulating on social media about a child accidentally stumbling across a video called ‘Evil Santa’ on YouTube Kids. The video allegedly features Santa telling the child to harm themselves and others to get more presents. The post has been shared widely on social media, worrying parents, carers,

Online Safety Update: Don’t believe in Evil Santa this Christmas2023-09-27T12:16:41+01:00

Gaming Buzzwords – Understanding Your Gamer


Date Published: 14th May, 2021 A study taken in 2020 showed that 72% of parents don’t understand gaming jargon used by their children. It’s important to understand what these words mean, as some of them can be violent or dangerous. We’ve compiled a cheat sheet of the most common words used by the gaming community and what they mean

Gaming Buzzwords – Understanding Your Gamer2023-09-28T10:45:17+01:00

Latest updates to online platforms


We know that our increasingly online world is one of constant change. Every day brings a new update, a new feature, a new platform. With each “new” something comes a new potential risk. It is important to be aware of what these are, and how they can factor into the lives of children

Latest updates to online platforms2023-09-28T12:20:51+01:00

YouTube Announces New Supervised Mode


YouTube has officially announced that it will be launching new parental control settings over the next few months. What do we know? YouTube announced that they will be launching a range of new settings designed for the parents of teens and pre-teens. These new settings are designed to provide a safer experience that allows

YouTube Announces New Supervised Mode2023-10-02T09:08:22+01:00

Activity Tracking Apps – Steps to Protect Your Privacy


Many of us have been turning to activity tracking apps to monitor our home-based or local workouts with gyms closed. These apps can be easily downloaded onto a device and track activities such as running routes - and associated statistics like running pace and time.  In a recent Digital Health Generation Study of 1,000 young

Activity Tracking Apps – Steps to Protect Your Privacy2023-09-28T14:55:09+01:00

TikTok Releases New Privacy Defaults


TikTok has released privacy default changes to its platform. In this article, we explain what the new changes are and discuss their effectiveness. We also share our most recent TikTok safety resources. TikTok has announced a series of changes to protect children’s privacy and safety on the

TikTok Releases New Privacy Defaults2021-12-10T16:52:43+00:00

Spotlight: Snapchat’s Brand-New Feature


4 min read Snapchat has released its new Spotlight feature to its 67 million daily active users. In this article, our team of online safety experts unpack the risks and functionality of the new feature and provide practical advice for empowering and protecting the young people in your care on this popular platform.

Spotlight: Snapchat’s Brand-New Feature2021-12-10T16:53:32+00:00

TikTok Updates its Parental Controls 


Following continued coverage of the risks the platform can pose to children and young people,  TikTok has announced changes to its parental control settings.  This article details the changes to the parental control settings and provides an overview of existing settings you can use to protect the children in your care. 

TikTok Updates its Parental Controls 2021-12-10T16:51:09+00:00

Worried About Privacy on TikTok? Read this


“We live in a data-driven world. Almost every transaction and interaction you have with most organisations involves you sharing personal data, such as your name, address and birth date. You share data online too, every time you visit a website, search for or buy something, use social media or send an email.” (ICO,

Worried About Privacy on TikTok? Read this2021-12-10T16:54:02+00:00

Using Apple’s Family Sharing Settings


Have you checked your set up? The Family Sharing settings on Apple products are a great way to share music, TV, books or other purchases made on the App store with all the family. The feature allows you to set up ‘Parent’ and ‘Child’ accounts on Apple devices, which means the

Using Apple’s Family Sharing Settings2021-12-10T17:07:46+00:00
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